FAQ's On Maternity Leave in The Office

Maternity leave is a very important policy to have in your office. It's also VITAL that everyone understands it and confirming that all employees truly understand a policy like that can be challenging for your Human Resources Manager. However, our HR consulting company has some very effective ways of doing so. If this is something that interests you as a business owner, please call Kmet Consulting today. We are Your One Stop HR Shop. We can be reached at 877-783-5638, you can also learn more about all of the HR services we offer companies by visiting our website at www.KmetConsulting.com. In the meantime, keep reading for a few frequently asked questions on maternity leave in the office and our answers.

FAQ's On Managing Maternity Leave in The Office

Q: Can you get fired when you're pregnant?

A: Pregnancy discrimination is real and unfortunate. For example, an employer can’t force a pregnant employee to give notice unless it's completely related back to their job. This news also can’t be used to hold an employee back from a possible job promotion. If you are pregnant and you feel you can continue physically working, your employer may not stop you from working.

Q: What's the best way to tell your boss about your pregnancy?

A: You can try telling your boss in person first, then following up with an e-mail so you have an electronic trail and written proof that you gave notice, just in case you need to reference this later.

Q: Is maternity leave paid?

A: Employers are not required to pay employees who are on maternity leave, they are just required to give the leave itself. Although, some companies may offer vacation pay or disability pay to their pregnant employees. The point here is just to make it known to everyone where your company stands on paid maternity leave. You don’t want anyone being caught off guard at the last minute.

Legal Information on Maternity Leave

Source: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs28.pdf

Specifically, in regard to leave entitlement, the FMLA states:
 “Eligible employees may take up to 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for the birth of a son or daughter or placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care.”

How and When to Request Maternity Leave
According to the FMLA, you typically must give at least 30 days of notice.

“Employees must comply with their employer’s usual and customary requirements for requesting leave and provide enough information for their employer to reasonably determine whether the FMLA may apply to the leave request. Employees generally must request leave 30 days in advance when the need for leave is foreseeable. When the need for leave is foreseeable less than 30 days in advance or is unforeseeable, employees must provide notice as soon as possible and practicable under the circumstances.”

Have You Ever Considered Getting an HR Audit For Your Business?

An HR audit performed by a professional HR company can really do your company some good. We can give you some reassurance as a business owner that your policies are legally correct. Identifying employment issues can help to avoid costly mistakes and lawsuits. For more information on that, please give us a call today at 877-783-5638. You can also visit our website at www.KmetConsulting.com.




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